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Jason Garrett focused on the present

IRVING, Texas -- At 3-3, the Cowboys are only one game out of first place in the NFC East behind the New York Giants.

None of that matters to Jason Garrett right now. Only Sunday’s foe, Philadelphia, matters.

“It’ll be a great challenge for us,” Garrett said. “They’re an awfully good football team playing at their place. They’ve got a lot of playmakers on both sides of the ball. We know the challenges of the Cowboys playing the Eagles. We’ve got to get locked in on that. We’re not real concerned about division races in the seventh game of the season. There’s a lot of football to be played. We’ve got to play our best football and the way we do that is come to work on Wednesday and have a great Wednesday and keep working from there.”

That’s not to say Garrett avoids big-picture views. Maybe he is aware that the Cowboys next six opponents have a combined 12-24 record. Maybe he knows this is where his team can string together some wins.

But he continues to deliver the “be great today” message for a reason.

“I do think it’s important to focus on what you can control right now,” Garrett said. “I’ve been on teams where coaches say, ‘OK, guys, we’re going to split the season up in four segments. It’s going to be four quarters, so we want to go 3-1 in every quarter.’ OK, so, if we’re 4-0 in the first quarter are we trying to go 2-2 in the second? Really what we’re trying to do is be our best every day and try to win a game. That’s what we’re trying to do. Sometimes people get so concerned about what’s happening at the end of the season. We have these division games at the end of the season. Really what we’re trying to do is be our best today, to win this game this week and put ourselves in a good position when we play those division games.”